Do Illegals Get Health Insurance?

With the constantly changing immigration policies in the United States, there is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about who has access to health insurance and how they can get it. One especially controversial topic is whether or not undocumented immigrants, commonly referred to as “illegals,” are able to obtain health insurance. In this article, we will be looking at the current landscape of health insurance for undocumented immigrants and exploring the various options available—or not available—for those without legal immigration status. We’ll also discuss what can be done to help them gain access to healthcare.

What is the Affordable Care Act?

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is a health insurance reform law that was passed in 2010. The law has been the subject of much political debate, but its main goal is to provide affordable health care to all Americans. The law does this by expanding Medicaid coverage to more people and by providing subsidies to help people buy private health insurance. The law also requires all Americans to have health insurance, either through their employer or through the government-run marketplace.

Who is eligible for ACA coverage?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is often called “Obamacare.” The ACA requires that most people have health insurance or pay a tax penalty.

undocumented immigrants are not eligible for ACA coverage. This includes those who are in the United States without legal permission and those who have legal permission but have not yet applied for permanent residency.

There are some exceptions for undocumented immigrants who meet certain criteria, such as being victims of human trafficking or having been granted deferred action status. However, these exceptions are rare and most undocumented immigrants will not be able to get ACA coverage.

How much does ACA coverage cost?

There is no one answer to this question as the cost of ACA coverage depends on a number of factors, such as your income, family size, and whether or not you receive tax credits. However, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average monthly premium for ACA Marketplace plans in 2018 was $465 for individuals and $1,152 for families.

What are the pros and cons of ACA coverage?

There are a few pros and cons to ACA coverage. One pro is that it would help reduce the number of uninsured people in the United States. It would also provide more affordable coverage for some people. A con of ACA coverage is that it could lead to an increase in premiums for some people, as well as higher taxes. Additionally, it is unclear how much ACA coverage would actually cost.

Do illegal immigrants get health insurance through the ACA?

No, illegal immigrants are not eligible for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA is only available to legal residents of the United States. This means that undocumented immigrants are not able to enroll in health insurance plans through the ACA marketplace. However, there are some states that have enacted legislation that allows undocumented immigrants to purchase health insurance through their state’s marketplace. These states are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington D.C., and New York.


In conclusion, it is clear that illegal immigrants are not eligible for most forms of health insurance. However, there are a few exceptions in certain states and counties to provide limited access to care. If you or someone you know may be facing difficulties finding healthcare coverage due to their immigration status, we recommend looking into these local resources as they may be able to help.